Shopping

Mall at Millenia (27.3 miles:- 32 minutes)

Mall at Millenia is a stunning shopping mall and for many it is the mecca of all shopping experiences and worth a visit even if it is just window shopping!

Great place to go for the leading designer labels. 

The Mall at Millenia is a grand and contemporary, indoor shopping mall located in Orlando, Florida just off of Interstate 4 at Conroy Road near the northern end of International Drive. It is a different shopping environment from malls such as the Premium Outlets which is not an indoor shopping centre. Both very nice places to shop and wander around but a different feel to them. 

It has a good food court. Pf Changs China Bistro is a very good place for Chinese food. .

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The Florida Mall (26.8 miles: 33 minutes)

The Florida Mall  is Central Florida's largest and most dynamic shopping center. With 250 stores this international, family-friendly shopping destination has the largest selection of retailers under one roof in Florida. The Florida Mall is an indoor shopping centre but is is also surrounded by adjacent mall lots in every direction. Easy parking and entry available through three main entrances. Food hall with plenty of options for eating.   

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A 'retail therapy' overview (within 40 minutes)

Here is a rundown of the top 10 Malls in Orlando

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Premium Outlets: Orlando (18.5 miles:-26 minutes)

Premium Outlets has two locations in Orlando. The first one which is slightly further away from our villa at 25.4 miles, (35 minutes) is Orlando International  Premium Outlets which has 180 stores and is located at 4951 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819. 

The second location is the Orlando Vineland Premium Outlet located at 8200 Vineland Avenue, Orlando, FL 32819. Here there are 160 stores. Time from our villa to the Vineland Premium Outlet is 26 minutes as it is slightly nearer at 18.5 miles. Of the two, even though the shops are basically the same we actually prefer the Vineland Outlet.

We really like shopping at both of these outlets where there are stores such as Burberry, Coach, Levis, Gap, Hugo Boss, Lacoste and Polo Ralph Lauren at fantastic discount prices from anything between 25-65%. When we visited in January the sales were on and many of the reductions were 70%, so some great bargains were to be had!

Unlike the indoor shopping malls such as the Florida Mall, here the stores are arranged as seperate single storey shops which are more like a traditional street rather than being under cover. There is also a food court where you can purchase fast food like Chinese, burgers, Subways, pizza and many more.

Opening hours are Monday to Saturday 10 am - 11pm, Sunday 10 am - 9 pm. 

There are large car parks available but even then when we visited in the afternoons on a couple of occasions we did have to drive around for a while waiting for a space to become available.

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Posner Park (9.8 miles: 15 minutes)

Posner Park, situated at Posner Blvd. Davenport, FL 33837 is an outside shopping mall in Davenport next to the intersection of the I4 and US Highway 27. Posner Park is still in the early days of its development with plans still in place for future additions of leisure, residential, destination restaurants and pedestrian parks.

There are currently a number of large stores including a Super Target which is good for clothes, household goods and groceries. J.C. Penny's, Best Buy, Michael's which is fantastic for crafting supplies like scrapbooking, Book-A-Million, PetSmart, Dick's, Ross, Staples and Dress for Less.

There are also various restaurants such as CiCi's Pizza, Taco Maker and Zen Asian Grill.

This is a retail mall that we will be watching with interest as it develops over the coming months as it is very convenient for our villa on Watersong. 

 

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List of Local Outlets (Various)

Orlando is home to lots of major shopping malls. From themed shopping boutiques to outlet malls and everything in between, Orlando is a shoppers paradise with big savings to be had. Here we have compiled a list of some of the best shop till you drop places.

ORLANDO AREA SHOPPING GUIDE 
Florida really is a shopper's paradise. The outlets and malls listed below are there to give you a brief guide and act as an introduction to the main shopping places available in the Orlando Area. There are some excellent offers to be found. You really can shop till you drop as many are open till late evening.

The Florida Mall | website
Located at junction of South Orange Blossom Trail and Sand Lake Road
Choose from Dillards, JCPenneys, Lord and Taylor, Macy's, Norstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Sears. The Florida Mall is one of the largest malls in central Florida.

Altamonte Mall | website
Located at 451 E. Altamonte Dr., Altamonte Springs - From I-4, take exit 48. Take S.R. 436 east 1/2 mileShops include JCPenny, Burdines, Gayfers, Sears, plus over 175 specialty shops and a Treats Food Court.

Eagle Ridge Mall | website
Located on the 27 past Haines City at 451 Eagle Ridge Drive Lake Wales 33859. Featuring over 90 of your favorite stores including Dillard's, JCPenney, Sears, Bath & Body Works and Victoria's Secret. The antique carousel and soft play area will thrill the kids and the whole family can enjoy the latest hit show at the 12-screen theater or play a game of ten pin bowling.

Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores | website
Located I4 Exit 68 , 2 miles South on SR535
Within minutes of Disney, experience what everyone is talking about - the Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores - an Orlando outlet shopping experience too good to pass up! Stores offer factory direct, premium quality merchandise at savings up to 75% everyday!

The Mall At Millenia | website
Located at 4200 Conroy Road, one mile north of the intersection at I-4 and Florida's turnpike. This 1.2 million square foot mall opened in October 2002. The Mall at Millenia offers the finest collection of luxury brands in Orlando. Made for those who surround themselves in luxury anchored, by Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale's and Macy's, this center features five million square feet with six restaurants, 12 eateries and ample parking. Other stores included are Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., and McCormick & Schmick.

Pointe Orlando | website
Located on International Drive just across the street from the Orange County Convention Center. An inviting collection of outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment, located on International Drive. Pointe Orlando offers a relaxing place you truly have to experience for yourself. Our unique collection of stores, restaurants, and entertainment includes over 40 specialty retailers, numerous delicious restaurants and exciting entertainment options for the entire family to enjoy.

Orlando Premium Outlets | website
Located on I4 Exit 68. 110 stores featuring Adidas, Banana Republic Factory Store, Barneys New York Outlet, Bebe, Coach, Cole Haan, DKNY, Escada, Giorgio Armani, Hugo Boss, Nike Factory Store, Puma, Reebok, Timberland, Tommy Hilfiger Company Store and more at savings of 25-65% every day. New Diesel store is here from 2006.

Prime Outlets | website
Located on West Oak Ridge Road at International Drive. With over 110 of the hottest brands including new additions like HUGO BOSS Factory Store, Tourneau, Tumi, White House|Black Market, Converse, Espirit, Gymboree Outlet, ClarksBostonian Outlet and coming Labor Day weekend, Central Florida's only Neiman Marcus LAST CALL, as well as favorites like Coach Factory, Gap Outlet, Ann Taylor Factory Store, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike Factory Store and The Children's Place... imagine finding everything you need or want in one unbelievable location.

Festival Bay Mall | website
Located on International Drive North (Trolley Stop 10) - Junction with Oak Ridge Road. Shops include Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Vans Skatepark, Cinemark 20 movie theatres, and Ron Jon Surfshop. Plus you will discover unique shops including Sheplers Western Wear and Steve and Barry's the largest college and pro sports apparel shop in Florida. New to open in 2006 will be Ron Jons Surf Park where you can take surfing lessons!

Posner Park
Located at junction 55 of I4 crossing Highway 27. The $500 million, mixed use development at Interstate 4 and U.S. 27 is being built at the former site of Baseball City.It will be accessed by tree-lined boulevards and feature a mix of brand-name retail shops, high-end boutiques, offices, destination restaurants, one or more five -star hotels, multifamily homes, pedestrian parks and fountains. ??Currently open are Target, J.C. Penney, Belk, Dick's Sporting Goods, Best Buy, Staples, Ross, Michael's, PetSmart and Books-A-Million.

The Mercado
Located at 8445 International Drive Orlando (just south of Sand Lake Road junction). The fine retailers at The Mercado offer unique merchandise you´ll not find elsewhere. Designer clothing and accessories, Key West-inspired products, one-of-a-kind artwork and much more can be found in the shops and boutiques - dozens in all, which line The Mercado´s quaint cobblestone walkways. You can locate items you've not been able to find any place else.

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